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Default Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-14-2009, 06:58 PM

First if all, hello! I am a new Mini 9 owner from Toronto. I have spent the last couple days reading through this forum, and consider it a valuable resource.

What are the "must have" extra programs/utilities for a Mini 9 running XP, and why?

Because of the limited SSD space, you really have to be choosey about what you want to put on. (Which actually makes it kinda fun to a tech enthusiast, IMO). I am especially interested in things you might install on your mini that are not necessary for a desktop or larger sized portable device.

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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-14-2009, 07:02 PM

I will start things off by answering my own question.

Must Have: Roboform, a form-filling password manager (www.roboform.com)
Reason: Because of the cramped keyboard, I frequently misstype things. This is especially true for special characters, like the "@" for when I enter my email address in hotmail.

Although I hadn't used Roboform for years, I thought of it the first day I had my mini, and do believe it has helped immensely in saving time and frustration.

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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-14-2009, 08:46 PM

is roboform used for offline apps? cuz instead of installing roboform, cant you just use the built-in pw managers for, say, firefox?
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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-14-2009, 09:10 PM

Welcome.

Already a thread or two that covers this. Ill find the link & post back.
must-have-software-t8.html


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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-14-2009, 09:41 PM

I was just thinking of posting a thread like this!!

Well, I have two freewares that I love on my mini.

1. PopTray - Only takes about 5MB of your disk.
My mini does not have enough space for an outlook express, but this mailchecker lets me know when I receive emails so that I can access my email account to open them. In fact, it will access my IMAP mail account and show me the body of the unopened messages. Since they only store ONLY the unopened, '''it would not take up so much space on your drive."
But it did not work too great for my Hotmail account for some reason.

2. Foxit Reader - A great alternative to the slow Adobe PDF reader
It says in my control panel that it is taking around 7.5 MB on my drive. Ever get frustrated when you "accidentally" click a link of a PDF file to open and your browser almost freezes?
This is a great solution. Loads much faster. Compatible with multiple languages.
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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-15-2009, 09:39 AM

You really need Objectdock for the XP version. It behaves like the Mac dock and you can even hide the taskbar, making your desktop feel a bit lighter.


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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-16-2009, 09:36 PM

Ace Utilities - I've used this on all my PCs for years. Cleans up the registry, removes junk temp files, invalid shortcuts, user history. Also manages auto-startups and uninstalls.
http://www.acelogix.com/

Netstumbler - Always know what wi-fi hotspots are around you (secured or not).
Installer = 1.26MB
http://www.netstumbler.com/

Norton Internet Security 2009 - Protects you from just about anything and everything. Revamped. Uses very little overhead (CPU). Frequent "pulse" updates.
http://www.symantec.com/


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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-17-2009, 03:02 PM

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is roboform used for offline apps? cuz instead of installing roboform, cant you just use the built-in pw managers for, say, firefox?
True, but Roboform is a lot more than just a pw manager. You can make whole "identity cards" and have it autopopulate an entire form of various types. Very useful for shopping carts, for instance.


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Default Re: Must Have Software for Mini 9 - 02-17-2009, 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by MoInSTL
Welcome.

Already a thread or two that covers this. Ill find the link & post back.
must-have-software-t8.html
Very useful link, thanks a lot!

And thanks to everyone else who repsonded. Helpful stuff!

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Default 02-11-2012, 06:16 PM

I don't really use mine as it came with my main laptop but the real reason is that it dosen't have Outlook which I need for biz. Can this be added or is there not enough space, etc? Kevin
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